Russians abducting children from occupied Enerhodar against their parents’ will

24 October 2022, 11:43 AM
Children from Enerhodar are being held in Russia (Photo:Dmytro Orlov / Telegram)

Children from Enerhodar are being held in Russia (Photo:Dmytro Orlov / Telegram)

Some residents of the occupied town of Enerhodar, host to the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, and surrounding villages, who sent their children to Russia’s Krasnodar Krai for a “vacation,” have received a message that their children will stay in Russia “for an indefinite period,” the local mayor Dmytro Orlov said on the Telegram messenger on Oct. 23.

The Russians ordered parents to hand over warm clothes, adding that their children would go to Russian schools.

“In fact, children are now held hostage by terrorists,” Orlov said.

“And if one part of the parents is not scared at all, the other is frankly shocked by the development of events.”

Earlier on Oct. 15, Orlov said that invading Russian forces had begun abducting children from Enerhodar to Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, calling it a “vacation” trip.

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The mayor warned the front line in the Kherson, and later in the Zaporizhzhya areas could be cut at any moment, while further intense battles would simply block all ways back.

Thousands of Ukrainian children have been forcibly abducted by Russian forces. In many cases, these children are “adopted” by Russian families, and forced to abandon their previous families, lives, and Ukrainian identities, according to multiple media reports. By the standards of international humanitarian law, this constitutes an act of genocide.

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